Let’s not be part of the lazysphere

I’m such a lazy blogger that I hardly blogged at all in December. But that’s only one kind of lazy blogging. Steve Rubel is more concerned about another –

"The Lazysphere – a working definition – is a group of bloggers who I won’t name by name, but you can spot them a mile away. Rather than create new ideas or pen thoughtful essays, they simply glom on to the latest news with another "me too" blog post. Their goal is largely to land on Techmeme and sometimes digg – perhaps Google in an archival/Long Tail perspective. These sites – and Twitter too – have perpetuated a lot of lackadaisical writing"

Ironically, by linking to and quoting Rubel’s post, which is likely zooming up the Techmeme charts as I type, I’m being an archetypal lazyblogger. Forgive me, I’m mending my ways slowly.

While Steve’s thesis may appear a tad elitist there’s no doubt that he makes an important point. I took a step back from blogging in December mostly because I needed a break but also because I ran out of ideas. That is, ideas with a modicum of original thought and not just ‘me too’ commentary on the meme of the day.

The Irish blogosphere isn’t actually too bad in this respect. A number of our high profile bloggers generate lots of thought provoking original material. But I still wish we had more Hadyn Shaughnessys around. Original thinkers and excellent writers who comment mainly on ideas from outside of the big Digg Tech-o-chamber.

In 2008 I’m going to resist Techmeme pile-ons by Twittering my thoughts on that category of development. I’ll reserve my blog for more thoughtful pieces…. if I come up with any!


4 Responses to “Let’s not be part of the lazysphere”

  1. Ina Says:

    But James…there is laziness and not having something useful and fresh to say…:)
    I didnt blog for most of December either…I guess its just that time of year.

  2. walter Says:

    If you don’t want to become part of the ‘lazysphere’ (puh-lease) then don’t follow techmeme or rubel or any of the A-list bloggers. Don’t follow alexia or damien mulley on twitter either, they’re the ‘waldorf and statler’ of web2.0 – Even if you don’t follow the A-Lister / meme-of-the-day, their witty commentary compels you to read scoble/winer et al just to see what lexia/mulley are talking about.

  3. James Corbett Says:

    @Ina, ya, I guess the time of the year had something to do with it too. I definitely went through an all over laziness thing for the month.
    @walter even when I do read Winer and Scoble I still don’t have a clue what Damien and Alexia are talking about!

  4. mj Says:

    I generally feel this way about “Link posts”.
    I mean, where’s the content other than a few pithy segways.
    No offense, Damien 😉

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